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4,000-year-old cuneiform tablets found in Turkey

Archaeologists have unearthed 4,000-year-old cuneiform tablets which detail a trade agreement at Kultepe-Karum in Turkey.

Archeologists have been carrying out excavations in Karum hamlet near Kultepe tumulus, where Assyrians used to live, since 1948. They have unearthed some 23,000 cuneiform-script tablets so far.

“Around 4,500 tablets have been smuggled abroad since 1948,” Gunbatti said. Gunbatti said Assyrian tradesmen who settled in the region 4,000 years ago sold the tin and fabrics they brought from Mesopotamia.

The two tablets indicated that the oldest trade agreement in Anatolia was made 4,000 years ago, Gunbatti said.

“The Assyrian Kingdom in Mesopotamia made written trade agreements with Kanesh Kingdom and Hahhum Kingdom near Adiyaman,” he said.

Kultepe is a modern village near the ancient city of Kanesh, located in Kayseri.

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